FBI: MN terror suspect arrested, charged

posted at 2:01 pm on May 6, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Montevideo is a sleepy town in western Minnesota, more than 100 miles away from the Twin Cities, a town of around 5,300 people in farm country.  It’s also the focus of a terrorism investigation by the FBI, ATF, and state law enforcement that resulted in an arrest today:

Buford Rogers, 24, of Montevideo, was arrested Friday after authorities searched his home and found guns and explosive devices, according to an FBI news release.

The search warrant was executed in conjunction with the ATF, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources and several regional law enforcement agencies.

The FBI said in the release that the lives of numerous Montevideo residents were potentially saved.

The Star Tribune has a little more on the case:

According to a federal affidavit obtained by The Associated Press on Friday, FBI agents from the domestic terrorism squad searched the property at the mobile home park in Montevideo and discovered the Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms. The affidavit said Buford was there at the time of the search, and one firearm recovered from Buford’s residence was a Romanian AKM assault rifle.

In an interview with authorities, Rogers admitted firing the weapon on two separate occasions at a gun range in Granite Falls, the affidavit said. Rogers has a past conviction for felony burglary and is not allowed to have a firearm.

Rogers is expected to make his initial appearance in federal court this week.

Rogers’ 2011 felony burglary conviction stems from an incident in Lac qui Parle County. He also has a 2009 misdemeanor conviction for dangerous handling of a weapon in Hennepin County, as well as other criminal violations, according to online court records.

This sounds more like a lone-wolf nutcase attempting to wreak revenge on his community, but we should find out more when the charges get aired in federal court.  Otherwise, why target Montevideo, as the FBI’s statement suggests?  Why not go to the Twin Cities to target a much larger population and make a bigger impression on the media?  On the other hand, the discovery of this malicious needle in a very large haystack suggests that either a source close to the suspect tipped off law enforcement, or the suspect was trying to network for his planned attack.

Update: According to CBS, Rogers was rather indiscreet:

CBS News senior investigative producer Pat Milton reports the search warrant was obtained in part after receiving tips by various people, according to a source.

“Cooperation between the FBI and its federal, state, and local partners enabled law enforcement to prevent a potential tragedy in Montevideo,” Christopher Warrener, the special agent in charge of the FBI office in Minneapolis, said in Monday’s release.

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The affidavit said Buford was there at the time of the search, and one firearm recovered from Buford’s residence was a Romanian AKM assault rifle.

In an interview with authorities, Rogers admitted firing the weapon on two separate occasions at a gun range in Granite Falls, the affidavit said. Rogers has a past conviction for felony burglary and is not allowed to have a firearm.

Behold the efficacy of gun control.

blammm on May 6, 2013 at 2:04 PM

So they got themselves a “domestic” terrorist like they hoped the Boston bombers would be….

sandee on May 6, 2013 at 2:05 PM

Buford…trailer park…yup, they bagged their domestic terrorist.

PattyJ on May 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Surely a tea party member in good standing…

sandee on May 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM

FBI: MN terror suspect arrested, charged

The real headline:

FBI: Single white guy named Buford arrested on terrorism charges in America’s heartland; just in time to push Benghazi whistleblowers and Muslim bombing in Boston off front page

BobMbx on May 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

“Buford Rogers”? Well, maybe they finally found the gun-totin’ redneck terrorist they’ve been looking for.

Who will no doubt be immediately tied to Sarah Palin, Rush Limbaugh, Fox News…and…hmmm…Minnesota? Michele Bachmann.

Chris of Rights on May 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The FBI said in the release that the lives of numerous Montevideo residents were potentially saved.

I guess this means they aren’t out of danger yet.

BobMbx on May 6, 2013 at 2:12 PM

The usual suspects getting rounded up????

ted c on May 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Buford? Oh boy looks like the media finally has their tea party republican domestic terroist.

Jack_Burton on May 6, 2013 at 2:13 PM

This is all happening too fast for good talking points…..

itsspideyman on May 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

These Caucasians really need to be reined in and, hopefully, interned.

- Harris-Perry and the whole MSNBC gang.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 6, 2013 at 2:14 PM

reminds me of that amateur rapper kid arrested for writing “threatening” lyrics…

…ungood crimethink.

equanimous on May 6, 2013 at 2:18 PM

Apparently, in 1989 people were still naming their kids Buford.

Oil Can on May 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I’m witholding comment for at least a week. Last time they thought they had a guy who roughly fit The Desired Profile, it turned out a rival Elvis impersonator was setting him up – or something.

forest on May 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I’m of the view he’s a left wing eco-terrorist. He had an AKM, after all. I would expect a Tea Party type to buy American. /snark

Liam on May 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

It’s spelled B U F O R D, but it’s pronounced Allahj Jeuhulama.

portlandon on May 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

I’m still trying to figure out his exact crime.

SirGawain on May 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

Felon barred from possessing a firearm in Minnesota possesses firearms. If we only we had a national background check law..

NotCoach on May 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Buford? Sounds like he might be inbred…

Previous felony charges? Shocking.

Polish Rifle on May 6, 2013 at 2:23 PM

Buford Rogers? That doesn’t sound like a Muslim name. Oh wait, this is Øbama’s FBI we’re talking about here. Now it makes sense.

Odysseus on May 6, 2013 at 2:24 PM

Look! Look! Hey! Over here! Look!

White guy! Rural gun nut guy! Maybe Tea Party!

Danger! Danger!

Good grief people! Get back on message!

That Boston thing is ancient history, don’tcha know?

Bruno Strozek on May 6, 2013 at 2:25 PM

ROFL he is a juggalo

tom daschle concerned on May 6, 2013 at 2:26 PM

Myrtle Manor is a buzzin’.

OhEssYouCowboys on May 6, 2013 at 2:27 PM

I have a question here: Convicted of a felony in 2011 and walking the streets in 2013?

NotCoach on May 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Yep, I can see the next TSA press release:

” … and this, boys and girls is why we have to fondle Granny in a wheel chair and molest your 4 year old daughter”

/Waiting for more details before jumping to any conclusions here. This could just be a case of planned workplace violence.

AZfederalist on May 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

This could just be a case of planned workplace violence.

AZfederalist on May 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

I think you have a very good chance of being spot-on 100% correct.

I have some friends in Montevideo but haven’t been able to get the skinny from them yet.

Bruno Strozek on May 6, 2013 at 2:31 PM

This sounds like the Minnesota ‘Hutaree’ militia bust a few years ago. The ‘Hutaree’ (yeah, I know) were a group that called themselves ‘Christian Warriors’ and who ran around the woods in camouflage carrying an admittedly formidable and scary-looking array of weapons. The initial press releases painted these people as bloodthirsty terrorists plotting police assassinations and other acts of homegrown terror. The feds had hundreds of hours of taped undercover conversations with the leaders. Seven of the nine defendants were eventually acquitted. The remaining two pled guilty to firearms-related charges. All that case proved was that none-too-bright militia types say incredibly stupid things while getting drunk with paid informants.

Same thing here. In this case, it’s an outgrowth of the Boston bombings. ‘See! See! Not all terrorists are Muslims!’

troyriser_gopftw on May 6, 2013 at 2:32 PM

FBI: Single white guy named Buford arrested on terrorism charges in America’s heartland; just in time to push Benghazi whistleblowers and Muslim bombing in Boston off front page

BobMbx on May 6, 2013 at 2:10 PM

Won’t work and the gun control failure will hit the fan.

dogsoldier on May 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

“Buford”???
Did he look anything like this?

GWB on May 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

Apparently ol’ Buford was nabbed at his abode in a local trailer park.

Can’t.

Make.

This.

Stuff.

Up.

Bruno Strozek on May 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

Apparently, in 1989 people were still naming their kids Buford.

Oil Can on May 6, 2013 at 2:22 PM

his parents were probably fans of Buford Pusser…

RedInMD on May 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Do those evil Mennonites ever use the name Buford ? //
I’m so confused !!

pambi on May 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

his parents were probably fans of Buford Pusser…

RedInMD on May 6, 2013 at 2:36 PM

Or Buford T. Justice.

BobMbx on May 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

Surely a tea party member in good standing…

sandee on May 6, 2013 at 2:08 PM

Well apparently he does live in a Tealer Park.

CW on May 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

Buford? Did they finally get one of those prized Tea Party terrorist they’ve been looking for?

Cindy Munford on May 6, 2013 at 2:43 PM

The FBI said in the release that the lives of numerous Montevideo residents were potentially saved.

Heh.

Molotov cocktails, suspected pipe bombs and firearms.

In rural Minnesota, that fixin’s for the Fourth of July. Just one more Patriot!

socalcon on May 6, 2013 at 2:44 PM

BobMbx on May 6, 2013 at 2:41 PM

But there will always be an excuse!!!

Cindy Munford on May 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

To Buford, ‘The Ayers Defense’:

Left-wing radical Bill Ayers, a longtime friend of President Barack Obama, recently defended the series of bombings that he carried out as a member of the Weather Underground, saying
“What I did was some destruction of property…”

socalcon on May 6, 2013 at 2:47 PM

On a positive note, it does appear that the Obama administration is finally enforcing our current “gun control” laws.

Cindy Munford on May 6, 2013 at 2:50 PM

I have a question here: Convicted of a felony in 2011 and walking the streets in 2013?

NotCoach on May 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

This is the world the left has created.

jawkneemusic on May 6, 2013 at 2:51 PM

Aren’t we suppose to be coming to the defense of this guy and calling this a false flag? Oh yeah, I forgot, we like our criminals and crazies, domestic or imported, locked up.

Cindy Munford on May 6, 2013 at 2:53 PM

Occutard, of course. Though it’s probably Fox News’ fault, somehow…

mojo on May 6, 2013 at 2:55 PM

Montevideo is a sleepy town in western Minnesota, more than 100 miles away from the Twin Cities

Anybody heard from Bishop in the last 2 hours??

ToddPA on May 6, 2013 at 3:07 PM

authorities searched his home and found guns and explosive devices, according to an FBI news release.

…ok sounds like a great day at the shooting range to me. Whats the problem?

TX-96 on May 6, 2013 at 3:16 PM

I thought convicted FELONS weren’t supposed to have fire arms, that there was some LAW to keep them from obtaining them.

GarandFan on May 6, 2013 at 3:22 PM

I don’t buy it. A person does not make a Molotov cocktail until just before you throw it. It does not make sense to have one or more ready to go indoors. The fumes would be overwhelming. Maybe just empty beer bottles. A set up likely.

HICON on May 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Apparently Mr. Rogers prefers the moniker “Bucky” to Buford.

The Twin Cities media are in full circus mode.

You would think that Bucky bin Laden was just nabbed.

Or better yet, by MSM standards, Bucky McVeigh

Bruno Strozek on May 6, 2013 at 4:23 PM

They did not need to wait for any terror to arrest this person not qualified to possess a gun, that was enough according to the old rules? Why did they wait?

Seems like a Lone Wolf to me, too.

Fleuries on May 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

I don’t buy it. A person does not make a Molotov cocktail until just before you throw it. It does not make sense to have one or more ready to go indoors. The fumes would be overwhelming. Maybe just empty beer bottles. A set up likely.

HICON on May 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Your typical residential garage has all that is needed for a Molotov cocktail.

slickwillie2001 on May 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Sounds like Big Sis and Holder needed to rustle up a white guy right quick to draw a little heat off the Boston boondoggle, the Benghazi bungle and the looming middle-east Armageddon..

Tim Zank on May 6, 2013 at 5:00 PM

Your typical residential garage has all that is needed for a Molotov cocktail.

slickwillie2001 on May 6, 2013 at 4:58 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the ‘Molotov cocktail’ was his supply of lawn mower gas.

PersonFromPorlock on May 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

It wouldn’t surprise me at all if the ‘Molotov cocktail’ was his supply of lawn mower gas.

PersonFromPorlock on May 6, 2013 at 5:10 PM

So have they found his tea party registration yet?

sandee on May 6, 2013 at 5:12 PM

Professor Buford has a nice ring to it.

Seriously, I’m not seeing the evidence of terrorism. Maybe they are holding back. They let a Muslim with a rocket launcher and al qaeda propaganda go a couple of years ago in Texas.

Buddahpundit on May 6, 2013 at 7:18 PM

According to NBC News’ Pete Williams and Daniel Arkin, Rogers has ties to an as yet unidentified militia group. ABC News, citing Montevideo Police Chief Adam Christopher, said Rogers had formed an organization called the Black Snake Militia.

According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Rogers has a social media footprint that’s heavy on conspiracy theories about big government taking away citizens’ rights.

stingray9813 on May 6, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Rogers was rather indiscreet

He was a well-know, small town loser moron.

People knew he and his father & friends were boneheads and gave them a wide berth.

Stupid is as stupid does.

Gives the MSM something to wet their panties about though.

Bruno Strozek on May 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

I don’t buy it. A person does not make a Molotov cocktail until just before you throw it. It does not make sense to have one or more ready to go indoors. The fumes would be overwhelming. Maybe just empty beer bottles. A set up likely.

HICON on May 6, 2013 at 3:40 PM

Empty beer bottles, a can of gas for his lawnmower, and a dirty t-shirt.

Heaven help me if the “G-men” ever set foot in my garage!

tpitman on May 7, 2013 at 5:53 AM

While this suspect was a felon and should not have had a firearm, I would guess that at least 40% of households in America have a firearm. It is not really news to search a house and find a gun.

MTinMN on May 7, 2013 at 11:16 AM